Before Lakewood. . .There Was Fairgrieve's Bay Hotel & "Resort"

In my research for the Lakewood Theatre book, I was flabbergasted to discover that, long before "Lakewood Grove" was a bustling trolley park or theater colony, visitors were coming to the shores of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, Maine, to visit a place called "Fairgrieve's Bay," the site of a popular hotel and "resort." Read the fascinating story of George B. Fairgrieve’s bay resort, including a transcription of an old article that explains how he built a bustling resort of cottages, boat, and hotel, long before Lakewood existed…

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[Part II of II] The History of Maine's Lakewood Theatre - Part II

Nestled on the southern shore of Lake Wesserunsett in Madison, Maine, Lakewood Theatre is the oldest continuously-running summer theatre in the country. It began as a vaudeville playhouse in a rather ramshackle 'trolley park' at the end of the Skowhegan-Madison-Lakewood trolley line in the late 1890s, and evolved into what was known as "Broadway in Maine" by the mid-1920s.  

For this [long-read] blog post, I've excerpted the second half of the Introduction to my bookImages of America: Lakewood Theatre (Arcadia, 2017), which gives the overview of the entire history of the Lakewood Theatre Colony, from the late 1800s to the present day. (I've also included a "sneak peek" at some of the vintage images in the book!) If you missed Part I, you can read it here.

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